Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3016: Antique Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Musket

Auction Date: August 28, 2022

Desirable Antique Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Musket with Factory Letter

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $1,800 - $2,750

Desirable Antique Winchester Model 1873 Lever Action Musket with Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1873
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 44 WCF
Barrel: 30 inch round
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 16
Class: Antique

This is a third model with integral dust cover rail and dust cover with serrations at the rear. The top of the barrel is marked with the two-line address/King's patent marking ahead of the rear sight and the caliber marking at the breech. The model designation is marked on the upper tang and the serial number is on the lower, with the caliber designation repeated on the bottom of the cartridge elevator. It has the distinctive 30 inch barrel fitted with a block base blade front sight/bayonet lug and a military pattern folding ladder rear sight. It is mounted with the full length forearm that is retained with three barrel bands and a straight grip stock with sling swivels on the middle and the bottom of the buttstock, which is fitted with a trapdoor carbine buttplate. The left side of the buttstock has what appears to be a faintly carved script letter "A", "H" or possibly initials. The accompanying factory letter states the serial number for this musket was applied on December 15, 1890, confirms the musket configuration chambered in .44 caliber, and received in the warehouse on January 5, 1891 and shipped on January 26.

Rating Definition:

Good, retains traces of the original blue finish with the balance having primarily thinned to a mottled grey-brown patina through years of service as a trusted longarm. The wood is also good showing the numerous minor dings, dents, carvings, and scratches scattered throughout telling the story of a working gun and possibly its original owner. Mechanically excellent. An honest gun that looks like it has stories to tell!

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